James Whale fears this will be his last Christmas as cancer treatment stops

TalkRADIO presenter James Whale has shared that he fears he may only have months left to live.

James Whale. (WireImage)
James Whale has given a heartbreaking update on his health. (WireImage)

Broadcaster James Whale has shared a heartbreaking update in his cancer battle - he fears this Christmas could be his last.

The TalkTV and TalkRADIO star has been in treatment for stage four kidney cancer, but has said that he and his doctor have agreed that it has come to the end of helping his illness.

Whale, 72, told The Sun: "This could be my last Christmas."

James Whale was first diagnosed with cancer in 2000 and lost his wife to the disease in 2018. (PA)
James Whale was first diagnosed with cancer in 2000 and lost his first wife to the disease in 2018. (PA)

He was first treated for cancer 20 years ago, but it returned in 2020 - and despite being told during the pandemic that he may only have months to live, he has continued to work with a weekly TalkTV show during his treatment.

Sharing that his oncologist had told him the treatment he had been having was not effective any more, he added that he had been prepared for the news for "a number of years" as he knew there was only so long it would last for.

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Whale's cancer has spread to his spine, brain and lungs, and he has said that he is still being treated for a tumour on his pituitary gland which can affect hormones.

James Whale and wife Nadine Talbot-Brown arrive at the British Curry Awards 2022 at Evolution London. Picture date: Monday November 28, 2022. (Photo by Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)
James Whale and wife Nadine at the British Curry Awards 2022. (PA Images via Getty Images)

He said: "Basically, I have to choose between the quality and quantity of life and I’ve chosen quality so that I can have a good time and make great memories with my lovely wife, Nadine.

"At some point, we always die. It could be any time really for me, but luckily at the moment I can still work here at TalkTV and Radio."

He added that he felt it must be much more difficult news for his wife Nadine, who he married two years ago and who is supporting him through his illness.

James Whale . (PA)
James Whale has stage four kidney cancer. (PA)

The broadcaster was married to first wife Medlina for 48 years, but she died in 2018 just months after having been diagnosed with stage four lung cancer.

In June, Whale had also addressed his worsening illness, saying: "I’m kind of at the end, the end of my treatment."

He added: "When I lose a lot more weight when I get really ill, I’ll look fantastic. I’ve just come off all the steroids I was on, which made me look like a bloody balloon. I’m feeling better from that."

Whale, who used to work at ITV, has a career spanning 50 years and received the first ever TRIC Recognition Award for his service to the broadcasting industry.